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Red River Ralph 49760

73 cycling problem

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I have a 38 357 73 with 20 in barrel. My wife uses it. The problem is  that it doesn't load every time the action is worked. sometimes a round hangs up and doesn't load on to the lifter.. it does this on both round and flat head bullets. any suggestion.

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It may be a problem with the magazine spring and follower 

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Take out your mag spring and follower.  Check to see if spring is approx. 3" longer than tube      GW         Clean and oil the spring and follower when its out

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1 minute ago, Red River Ralph 49760 said:

i'll give that a check . is there anythinng else I can check.

If it has been shot a lot you can clean the mag tube.

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Is this a new gun?

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Does this happen for both of you, or just her? Does this happen if you work the action slow, or only if the action is worked at speed? What is the AOL of the ammo you are using?

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I am told that Uberti uses the same magazine tube for all caliber 73’s.  Sometimes the 38/357s wind up with a zig zag pattern in the magazine tube and they don’t feed reliably all the time.  There is available a sleeve and spring and fowler kit that can be purchased that makes the smaller cartridges line up better in the magazine tube.  You might want to try this fix.

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Two major things will keep properly loaded rounds from popping out of the magazine into the lifter on a 73.

 

1 - dirty mag tube, weak spring, dirty follower, or a binding of cartridges in the tube.   The zig-zagging of cartridges in the tube rarely keeps rounds from popping out of tube, so let's forget about that for now.    Clean the mag tube, the spring, the follower.  Lightly lube all the parts with just a touch of oil or waxy lube.  Check that you have enough spring pressure to get a single cartridge out of tube - that is usually the weakest the spring applies pressure to the cartridges. 

 

2 - the lifter (carrier) is not going all the way down and there's a bit of a ledge keeping the round in the mag tube.    With lever closed, examine that the bottom of carrier is flush with bottom of the frame.  If not, crud in the action or a bent lever or lifter arm may be a culprit.  If carrier is going all the way down, check for burrs on the chamber in the carrier into which the cartridge must slide.  IF that doesn't let you find a problem, then get several dummy cartridges (or load some cases leaving dead primers in and just load a slug, no powder).    Fill up magazine, work action, and each time, carefully lay rifle down, open loading gate half way and see if you DON'T see the base of a cartridge right inside.   When you can recreate the condition of a cartridge not getting fully into that carrier,  shine a flashlight up into the carrier's chamber and see how far the base of cartridge has come in, if any at all.   That should tell you where it's hanging up, and give you more to go about what to fix.

 

You can also look down from top of action with a light, looking around the bolt down to the cartridge in the carrier to see much of the same thing from a different view.

 

Most likely, it's a dirty mag tube.   If you have never cleaned the "Uberti factory rust" out of the mag tube, it's almost guaranteed that is the source of the problem.

 

Good luck, GJ

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Loading gate screw could be loose.

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2 hours ago, Assassin said:

Loading gate screw could be loose.

 

Usually this is spotted when loading mag because it just feels loose.    Worth checking!  

 

I have even seen the tab on the loading gate on ONE 73 break and gate had to be replaced.    That jams the gun solid when that happens, usually, with a round back into the toggles.

 

Good luck, GJ

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